Dissertations & E-Learning Interview with Dr. Linda Bloomberg

Categories: Instruction, Online Learning, Other, Teaching


The focus for August 2020 is on Teaching and Learning Research. We are exploring classroom instruction in research methods, as well as research foundations and experiences in other curricular courses. Dr. Linda Bloomberg is our Mentor-in-Residence this month. Find the unfolding series of original posts, interviews, and resources through this link.

Linda Bloomberg is an expert on qualitative research design for dissertations. She also has experience with online teaching and learning. We discussed both topics in this interview.

How Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation Works

This book offers a series of road maps that are designed to help you steer your way through the various activities that constitute the process of writing a qualitative dissertation. At each juncture of the process, the road maps allow you to clarify your objectives, understand and tackle the task at hand, and check on what you have accomplished before you proceed to the next step.

At the heart of the book is a series of chapters that models the typical progression of a dissertation. Each chapter is illustrated by examples that give the reader an understanding of what the actual write-up would look like. Emphasis throughout the book is on conceptual understanding as it relates to the practical aspects involved in navigating the dissertation process.

To begin, we use an actual research problem, which is the problem that confronts you, the reader. You are reading this book because you have not yet managed to complete your dissertation. This same problem is the example that will be addressed as the basis of discussion throughout this book. This problem is referred to insofar as it relates to each step of the dissertation process, and as such, you will see a common thread running throughout each of the chapters. We proceed from articulating the problem statement through developing a research purpose and associated research questions. Based on the research problem, we formulate appropriate data collection methods, analyze and synthesize data, and present conclusions and recommendations. In effect, the problem that is used in this book provides a model for you in conducting and writing up your own dissertation.

Find the book here, and review two free chapters to learn more. Use the code SAGE2020 to receive a 30% discount when you order your copy.

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